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For your research project this semester, you will be dealing with challenged/banned books. In this unit, you will research a book that has been banned or challenged somewhere at some time. The possibilities are vast, although some banned books will be off limits, those too sophisticated or too simplistic: the choice has to be age-appropriate. You also need to choose a book you have never read before.

Each of you will become an expert on a challenged book. You will want to consider several questions: Why was the book challenged? By whom? What restrictions were the challengers seeking? What case was made against the book? How did others in the community/country/world react? What did the "experts" think about the challenge? Was the challenge successful? Class time and library help will be given to your research.


Once you know the story of the challenge and the book, you will write a proposal to your parents explaining the background of the book, including a history of the challenge and issues involved, and discuss the choice with them. You will ask them to acknowledge and approve your choice. Should they refuse, you must either begin again -- under some serious time constraints -- or revise your proposal to make it acceptable to your parents.

Having researched the case involving the book and gotten permission to read the work, you will need to secure a copy of the book immediately, either through a library, purchase, or a friend. We will have a few days of class time set aside for reading coupled with any homework time for English. We will have a few days of class time set aside for reading. Given the time constraints, I suggest you choose a book that is not overly lengthy for your reading pace. SEE EXTENDED PROPOSAL on one of the following tabs for additional details.


Then you will evaluate the case against the book and offer your "expert" opinion on the value of the book and its challenge. Were the arguments against the book valid or not? Why? SEE EXTENDED Evaluation explanation for additional details.


  • Chosen Book: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by end of class period (verbally during class)
  • Proposal to Read (40 points): Paper Copy Signed by parent: no later than Tuesday, November 26
  • Evaluation (60): Tuesday December 16 by 10pm to Compass


MLA format.  In preparation for this documentation, you will need to keep careful, accurate, thorough notes of any source you consult, on-line or off. Both the Proposal and the Evaluation will need in-text documentation and a "Works Cited" area at the end. Some class time will be devoted to all of this, but you should depend heavily on the MLA Handbook and Noodle Tools.


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